[Kartbuilding] Fwd: question about rear axle.........

Stephen Burke kartbuilding at gmail.com
Fri Oct 6 18:51:15 IST 2006

Hi Vlad,

I have had the same problem many many times.
The ideal way is to use a differential off a tractor lawnmower. You should
be able to adapt it easy enough. I did have to cut my rear axle in half to
try and weld in the differential - which did weaken the axle a lot!

The way I have it - is that BOTH rear wheels spin together. Yes - turning
is very difficult, however with the correct steeting geometry and setup ->
it can be done. The camber and castor angles are critical here.

As for only having one of the rear wheels spinning - I tried this - but it
doesnt work great. The kart is very unstable when going in a straight

Best of Luck,

On Thu, 31 Aug 2006, Vova Russ wrote:

> hi my name is Vlad,
> i looked through your website and found it to be quite helpful, cause i needed some ideas
> in constructing my own go cart, using a 250-650cc motorcycle engine.......
> about the rear axle, if say you picked up the kart from the back and press the
> accelerator would: both of the wheels, only the right wheel, or only the left wheel start spinning???????????????
> i know that it would be quite hard to turn if both wheels were spinning at the same time, unless you had some kind of differential system....by the way, would it be possible to stick one on the cart you developed, because i can find one off of a ridding tractor?????
> thanks
> Vlad

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